Black & Red Clinical Leaders

Jeffry L. Nestler, MD
Chief of Gastroenterology
Medical Co-Director
Digestive Health Center

William V. Sardella, MD
Chief of the Department of Surgery
Medical Co-Director
Digestive Health Center

Lindsey R. Meehan, PA-C, MPAS
Director of Operations
Digestive Health Center


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Black & Red 2020

to Benefit
the Digestive Health Center at Hartford Hospital

An estimated 60 to 70 million people in the United States suffer from digestive disorders, which include a wide spectrum of conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, and small and large intestine.

The causes of these disorders range from infections, inflammatory conditions, to cancer. While some digestive disorders can be solved with simple lifestyle changes, chronic conditions like Crohn’s disease and life-threatening illnesses like colorectal and other gastrointestinal (GI) tract cancers require lifelong management, resulting in thousands of physician and emergency rooms visits in Connecticut annually. In the United States there are over 15 million emergency department visits and 3 million hospital admissions for patients with GI disease. Expenditures for GI diseases total $135.9 billion annually—greater than for other common diseases such as heart disease.

Hartford HealthCare is elevating excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders that affect the GI tract with the advancement of the Digestive Health Center at Hartford Hospital.

In collaboration with one of the largest gastroenterology practices in the nation, Connecticut GI, the Hartford Hospital Digestive Health Center specializes in advanced diagnostic and therapeutic interventions to provide high-quality, leading-edge treatment for the most complex digestive diseases. To ensure that patients with GI disorders receive the best possible coordinated patient experience, our physicians collaborate across multiple disciplines, including gastroenterology, surgery, nutrition, oncology, radiology, and pathology.

Hartford Hospital and Hartford HealthCare are committed to providing the thousands of people in the region who suffer from digestive disorders with a comprehensive resource for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Money raised through the 2020 Black & Red will support the continued development of state-of-the-art programs and services for patients navigating digestive disorders.

For more information about Black & Red sponsorship opportunities, download our guide or contact Carla Burgess, director of development, at or 860.972.1932.



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Title Sponsor

Presidio Logo

Marquee Sponsor

The Hartford Logo

Leadership Sponsors

  • All Waste logo 2020
  • Connecticut GI logo
  • Constitution Surgery Alliance Logo
  • HH Medical Staff Logo
  • Standard General logo
  • Stanley Black & Decker logo
  • United Technologies logo

Presenting Sponsors


  • Balyasny Asset Management
  • CFM Logo 2019
  • FIP Construction logo
  • Greywolf Capital logo
  • Neuberger Berman logo
  • Travelers Logo


Producer Sponsors

  • Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • Adams and Knight logo
  • Aetna logo 2020
  • Alliance Bernstein logo
  • Chase Family Foundations
  • Cohen & Steers
  • Concord HealthCare logo
  • Dell EMC logo
  • Epic
  • GNYHA logo
  • Hartford GI logo
  • Hartford Steam Boiler
  • Integrated Anesthesia Associates
  • Jefferson Radiology
  • K1 logo
  • MBH logo
  • Orthopedic Associates of Hartford 50 years logo
  • Starling Physicians logo
  • Venor Capital Management
  • Willis Towers Watson


Director Sponsors

  • ABS Investment Management
  • Anchorage Capital Group logo
  • Angelo Gordon logo
  • Bank of America Logo
  • Capital Group 2020
  • Carmody Torrance Sandak Hennessey logo
  • Cigna logo 2020
  • ConnectiCare
  • DanaherLagnese logo
  • Deloitte logo
  • Eversource logo
  • Hartford Pathology Associates, P.C.
  • Hoffman Auto logo
  • David Holmgren 2020
  • Interpreters and Translators_iTi_logo
  • Kayne Anderson Rudnick
  • Laz Parking logo
  • Live Nation Logo
  • Long Pond Capital logo
  • Mercer logo
  • MGG logo
  • Mintz+Hoke Media Only
  • People's United Bank
  • Precision Computer Services logo
  • Sheppard Mullin logo
  • Shields Health logo 2020
  • State Street Global Advisors logo_2020
  • Stockbridge logo
  • Taconic Capital
  • Westport Capital Partners logo
  • WAHA Capital
  • Women's Health logo